Do you want to trim your training time? The idea of a really short workout is appealing for many reasons. Most of us have ambitions to be more active and athletic, but time constraints, family obligations, a demanding job, or costly gym memberships can make that seem impossible.

This workout takes only 10 minutes. What makes this circuit unique, other than its brevity, is that it requires maximum exertion with very little rest between exercises. By shrinking the duration of your workout, you not only save precious hours each week, but also reap a bevy of health benefits such as  improved cardiovascular health, an increased caloric burn, and joint protection.

Here's how it works: Perform each exercise without resting between repetitions. Once you complete the total number of reps, rest for 15 seconds. Complete this routine two times.

Plank walkout

  • Stand tall with feet hip-width apart.
  • Hinge back at the hips, keep your back flat and slowly walk your hands out until you are in a plank position. Hold for two counts.
  • Walk your hands back toward your feet and slowly roll your body up from the base of your spine to return to the starting position. Repeat 10 times.
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Small space sprints

  • Stand with your feet hip-width apart.
  • Keep your knees soft, shoulders back and core muscles engaged as you simultaneously pump your arms and drive your legs up toward your torso. Land lightly on your feet with each step.
  • Perform this stationary run for 60 seconds.

Reverse lunge

  • Stand with your feet hip-width apart and shoulders stacked above your hips.
  • Keep your gaze forward and spine straight as you take a step back with your right foot. Both knees should be bent at a 90-degree angle.
  • Balance your body then drive your right leg up toward your chest. Repeat 10 times then switch legs.
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Step ups

  • Stand facing a steady bench or chair.
  • Use your right foot to step up onto the center of the bench and swing your left leg up so your knee is bent at 90 degrees. Protect your knees and fire up your posterior muscles by pushing through your heel with each repetition.
  • Hold this position until you feel balanced then continue for 10 reps in total. Repeat on the opposite leg.
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Wall sit

  • With your back against a wall, slowly slide down until your thighs are parallel with the floor.
  • Hold this position for 30 seconds, maintaining pressure in your heels and keeping your head and back in contact with the wall.
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Ashley Blake Greenblatt is a certified personal trainer and wellness coach with a focus on movement, mindfulness, nutrition and relationships. To learn more,